Girls Hockey: Raiders get weekend split
The eighth-ranked Hudson girls' hockey team hosted a pair of games against teams from the eastern side of the state the weekend of Dec. 28-29 and came away with a split, dropping a 3-2 overtime decision to the fifth-ranked Fox Cities Stars Friday night before beating the Bay Area Ice Bears 5-2 Saturday.
The Stars (Xavier co-op) struck early Friday night at Gornick Arena but Hudson tied it when Hanna Hellmers tipped in a shot from Bailee Dierks for a power play goal at the 6:52 mark of the opening period.
After a scoreless second period, Fox Cities took a 2-1 lead 6:20 into the third period but Hudson answered with an unassisted goal by Quinn Winkoski three minutes later to force overtime. Fox Cities scored on its first shot of the extra session to earn the 3-2 win.
Hudson goalie Alayna Kushner finished with 18 saves as the Stars outshot the Raiders 21-6.
Saturday against Bay Area (Green Bay Co-op), the Raiders scored four goals in the third period to erase a 2-1 deficit and post a 5-2 victory over the Bears.
Sydney Hendricks accounted for two of the Raider's third period goals while Julia Wareham and Nikki Olund scored the others.
Winkoski's shorthanded goal midway through the second period tied the score, 1-1, but Bay Area took a 2-1 lead into the third before the Raiders exploded.
Wareham opened the period with a goal at the 5:02 mark, assisted by Morgan Miller, before Hendricks scored twice in a span of less than thirty seconds, the first assisted by Dani Robson and Avery Johnson at 12:11 and the second at 12:32, unassisted. Olund's empty-netter with 29 seconds remaining made the final 5-2.
Hudson outshot Bay Area 32-11, including 14-6 in the deciding third period. Kushner stopped nine of the 11 shots she faced.
Hudson, now 3-3-0 on the season, will compete in the Burnsville Holiday Tournament Dec. 26-28 against Apple Valley, Park Cottage Grove and Burnsville.